Bass Fishing techniques in the Fall

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Use These Effective Fall Fishing Patterns for Bass


Bass Lure Quick RefIf you’re looking for tips for fall fishing that will help you catch more largemouth bass, some of the best advice is to learn how to identify seasonal fishing patterns. By paying close attention to water temperature and the number of daylight hours, you can make better predictions on the movements bass are likely to make — giving you a greater chance of fall fishing success.

When fishing lakes or reservoirs, there are three fall fishing patterns for bass that can give you clues as far as where to find fish when water temperature start to drop. Keep in mind that these patterns can vary from region to region, but will provide you with a starting point for how to fish in fall for largemouth bass.

During the early fall, work crank baits around creek mouths in lakes and reservoirs. Cooling water will send bait fish migrating up toward creek arms, with the bass following close behind. In early fall, focus on depth changes or drop-offs around creek mouths. When choosing baits, match your lure size to bait fish size. Shallow to medium running crank baits can be a good choice during the fall season. When fishing for bass in clear lakes, use natural color patterns. In murky lakes or reservoirs, go for brighter colors, such as chartreuse.

When mid-fall arrives, focus your bass fishing efforts farther up in any creeks and coves. Bass will be holding close to any type of cover in an attempt to ambush any unsuspecting shad or bait fish that happens to swim by. Lip-less crank baits in chrome or shad-imitating colors or spinner baits with willow leaf blades can work well while fishing farther up in the creeks, casting around coves, and on the flats.

During late fall, bass will start moving back toward deeper holes and channels. If you are fishing lakes in the northern or mid-range states, one of the best tips for fall fishing during the later fall months is to focus on working around these transitional zones with a jerk bait, deep diving crank bait, or a swim bait.

Boost your catch rates by remembering these tips on how to identify fall fishing patterns for bass. The change in season brings cooler temperatures, but plenty of opportunities to find fish that are feeding and on the move toward their winter haunts — just be sure to renew your freshwater fishing license before you go!

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Don McDowell, Arizona native, is an avid outdoorsman and has been an active bass pro fisherman for over 16 years and in the past 15 years has developed his own radio show promoting bass fishing and conservation efforts for bass fishing that escalated to nominations with several bass groups and organizations. In the past 12 years, Don has pursued his conservation agenda through AZBFN-TBF as Conservation Director and with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, in the spring of 2014 redesigned his website to include those efforts highlighted below and has increased the AZGFD exposure, public education of the AZGFD and Commission issues on his radio show and website soliciting local and national support for Arizona. 2014 has seen the founding of SRT Outdoors, Inc., 501 C3 organization, “Not for Profit, for Conservation” which is concentrating on grants for mitigating the effects of Gizzard Shad on Roosevelt lake thorough habitat enhancement, Florida Strain Bass stocking, lakes bottom mapping, etc. and feral hog research.

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